Watch Chef John make a simple soup with black lentils, aromatic vegetables, and bacon. This sensational soup is seasoned with freshly ground black pepper, cumin, dried thyme, and a little cayenne. The star of the show, though, is the black (or beluga) lentils. You’ll simmer everything in chicken broth until the small black lentils are perfectly tender. This amazing soup is ready in about an hour. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John's Black Lentil Soup. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil over the top and dig in! And if you want, do the full-bling thing by adding a dollop of sour cream, some chopped avocado, and an extra pinch of cayenne.